Congratulations to Wayne M Shennen, SWS, for passing the Spanish Wine Scholar exam with highest honors.
I’m a kiwi who’s been in Hospitality for over twenty years now, on a mission to spread the love for New Zealand wine here in Tokyo. I'm also certified in sake, and love explaining that great beverage to the guests in the venue as well.
I’ve completed the French Wine Scholar, am certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and hold an Advanced Sake Professional certification. I’m currently enrolled in the Bourgogne Master Level course that is due to start in October, and really looking forward to it.
At some stage I’ll apply for the Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court. Spain has always been a weak point for me, so having a course that specifically focused on such an important and fascinating country is invaluable to my learning.
Spain is a powerhouse, so I think anyone who wants to be taken seriously in the industry needs to know as much as they can. This is especially true for customer facing people. If a guest tells me they love Monastrell from Murcia and I want to make recommendations based on what I have on my menu, it is really important I know what they mean. How can I offer good service otherwise?